Doris Lessing Essays

  • The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

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    The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing The character of Ben Lovatt in Doris Lessing's "The Fifth Child" is one that is very powerful, and also extremely interesting. He is violent, and unbelievably strong, yet he would not be able to fend for himself in the "big, bad World". Doris Lessing's use of a very effective mixture of characterisation, symbolism and language use result in a very intriguing and fascinating novel. At the start of the novel, the reader is lulled into a sense of happiness

  • The Golden Notebook By Doris Lessing

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    Chapter 1 Brief summary of the novels The ‘Golden Notebook’ by Doris Lessing is a speculative fiction that deals with the mental and social breakdown of the protagonist Anna Wulf, and portrays her and her closest companion Molly Jacobs’ realistic life. During her life, Anna writes four notebooks- a Black one, which records her experiences before and after world war; a Red one where she writes about being a member of the Communist party; Yellow notebook is a storehouse of her emotional life, holding

  • The Significance Of Figurative Language In Through The Tunnel By Doris Lessing

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    In the short story, “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing, the author uses vivid language to show the significance of a passage for the work as a whole. Lessing conveys themes, includes imagery, and uses figurative language to bring out the meaning of the themes of the story. First, Lessing conveys two important themes in the story. These themes involve determination and curiosity. “Then one, and then another of the boys came up on the far side of the barrier of rock, and he understood that they

  • Hardships of an Abnormal Child in the Book, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

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    The fifth child is the story of David and Harriet Lovatt, a couple who met at an office party neither of them wanted to be at, where they soon found each other. Both of them have a rather traditional mindset and believe that marriage, fidelity and a large family is more important than a successful career or sexual liberation which was the norm at the time. It didn’t take long before they started talking about having children, but decided to wait until Harriet could quit her job in two years so they

  • Through The Tunnel

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    The Willpower of the Tunnel: A Thematic Analysis of “Through the Tunnel” Doris Lessing, uses the theme “set yourself a goal and work for it” as she wrote “Through the Tunnel.” She did so by using two characters, Jerry, his mom, and the setting. The story tells about how Jerry wants to swim through the tunnel, but has to do work to accomplish his goal. Jerry, the young english boys helps build the theme as he shows determination, hard work and a positive mind set. Jerry obeyed his mother, as he thought

  • Analysis Of Doris Lessing's The Good Terrorist

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    the events of the society's cultural downfall in the 1980's. In Doris Lessing's, The Good Terrorist, which is set in the time period of Thatcherism, she portrays her character's thoughts on bourgeois liberalism as contradictions to their personalities. The main character, Alice Mellings, assumes that she is committing these acts of terrorism for a good reason. Alice and her band of revolutionary rejects are the manifestations of Doris Lessing's various frustrations against political advancements with

  • A Sunrise on the Veld by Doris Lessing

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    of a character's personality. In Doris Lessing's short story, A Sunrise on the Veld, she describes a boy's intense feelings as he prepares for and goes out on an early morning hunt. To begin, her creative use of language recreates the feel of an early morning on the grasslands. Repetition is often frowned upon; however in this story, Lessing constructively uses repetition to emphasize the coolness of the morning air. "It was cold, cold." Furthermore, Lessing uses figurative language in order

  • Through The Tunnel Symbolism

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    characterization and symbolism, Doris Lessing emphasizes that the road to manhood has many obstacles. The choices made upon the arrival at these obstacles determines where a person lands on the maturation scale. Through “Through the Tunnel,” Lessing uses symbolism to emphasize how past experiences can affect maturity. Jerry, an 11 year old boy, finds older kids that he looks up to. The older boys, as Jerry describes them, are all “burned smooth dark brown.” Lessing portrays the older boys as having

  • Maturity In Doris Lessing's 'Through The Tunnel'

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    Maturity is never easy, it takes a lot of bumps and bruises to get the hang of it. “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing expresses the difficulty of growing up. This story is about a boy, Jerry, who grows up and matures on his journey at the beach. In the story, the author portrays the maturity of the boy by using symbolism and imagery. The color yellow and orange on his mother shows safety. As Jerry comes up from the water he saw his mom and thought “There she was, a speck of yellow under an umbrella

  • No Witchcraft for Sale by Doris Lessing

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    since 1619 which is when the African Americans came to America. The Africans were used to do the hard labor for the Americans. The slaveholders were considered rich while the slaves were considered poor. In the book “No Witchcraft for Sale” by Doris Lessing, African’s in Rhodesia were controlled by the English, forcing them to work as servants. Gideon an African servant to the Farquars and he enjoyed his job. He had a strong bond with them as if he was part of the family. The Farquar’s have a son

  • Through The Tunnel

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    It takes time to learn how to swim, yet one must learn how to tread the waters first. In the short story ‘Through the Tunnel’ by Doris Lessing, Jerry and his mother go through significant changes throughout their vacation in France. Childhood is similar to a shore on a beach; the sand is comfortable and safe from the rough waves beyond the sand. Adulthood, on the other hand, is where one would be jostled constantly by the waves until they learn to stay afloat. Life, which from afar would look black

  • No Witchcraft for Sale by Doris Lessing

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    since 1619 which is when the African Americans came to America. The Africans were used to do the hard labor for the Americans. The slaveholders were considered rich while the slaves were considered poor. In the book “No Witchcraft for Sale” by Doris Lessing, African’s in Rhodesia were controlled by the English, forcing them to work as servants. Gideon an African servant to the Farquar’s enjoyed his job. He had a strong bond with them as if he was part of the family. The Farquar’s have a son named

  • Through The Tunnel Personification

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    is a children's short story written by Doris Lessing. The short story is about a young boy who challenges himself to go through a tunnel at the beach on his own. In “Through the Tunnel” the author conveys the difficulties of adolescence through personification and symbolism. Personification is used to convey the difficulties of adolescence in “Through the Tunnel”. In the short story, the rocks are personified as angry or scary. On page 360 author Doris Lessing states an example of how the author

  • Setting In Through The Tunnel

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    really are.” (E. E. Cummings) The story Through the Tunnel is about a boy named Jerry, who is trying to decide if he wants to stay a little boy under his mother’s watch or branch out and be adventurous with the things he likes to do. The author, Doris Lessing, uses Setting, Symbolism, Point of View, and Characterization to form a theme in Through the Tunnel. The Setting in Through the Tunnel is crucial to the plot. Based on the description in the story, the setting is a white sandy beach in coastal

  • Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And Through The Tunnel

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    big boys-men to Jerry” (Lessing 3). In order to become a man of the same stature as the boys, Jerry becomes determined to find his way through the tunnel. The tunnel is used throughout the story as a metaphor for the challenges that shape one into a matured young adult. By striving to meet the challenge of making it through the tunnel, Jerry learns the importance of focus and patience. “A curious, most unchildlike persistence, a controlled impatience, made him wait” (Lessing 7). As he embarks through

  • Conflict within Belonging in Dickinson´s This is My Letter to the World and The Saddest Noise, The Sweetest Noise

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    The Sweetest Noise, she expresses the conflict within belonging by juxtaposing the futility of acceptance whilst forming her individual identity. In contrast, modern illustrations of belonging are adopting in Luhrmann’s exotic film, Australia, and Doris Lessing’s short story, Flight. Utilising a plethora of literary, poetic and film devices, each composer explores the paradoxical nature of belonging by ultimately reflecting our desire for truth, whilst satisfying our thirst for approval. Emily Dickinson

  • Feminism In Doris Lessing's To Room Nineteen By Doris Lessing

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    Published in the latter half of the 20th century, Doris Lessing’s “To Room Nineteen” belongs to the second-wave feminism. Decades ago, the first feminism wave finally accomplished the goal of winning women’s civil rights and political rights. However, an illusion emerged based on such victory that women were already put on an equal footing with men. Considering the lack of an equal and just social environment, it was more in line with the reality that women still suffered from inequality in the patriarchal

  • Through The Tunnel Symbolism Essay

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    symbolism in anything from the setting to the tunnel itself. The three major symbols in the story are the beach, the bay, and the tunnel. They all represent a progression from dependent and irresponsible to independent, responsible and mature. Doris Lessing does an excellent job at showing how symbolism can tell an entirely different story. The first major symbol that is first encountered is the beach. The beach is where Jerry and his mother come to for vacation. The beach represents more than just

  • Commentary on Through the Tunnel

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    In the short story “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing a young boy named Jerry takes on the risky challenge of swimming through a narrow and long underwater tunnel on his holiday at the beach. It is an interesting story with a variety of remarkable characters. In the story, Jerry is on holiday at the beach with his mother, when he sees a group of older men diving through an underwater tunnel. This fascinates him so he starts practicing to hold his breath and dive until he can be like them. When

  • Through The Tunnel Failure

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    In both the short story Through the Tunnel, by Doris Lessing, and the article The Right to Fail, by William Zinsser, the theme of failure and success is explored through the character of Jerry, and Zinsser’s viewpoint on the flaws of America’s social system on failure and success. The short coming-of-age story follows a young boy named Jerry who is driven by a group of teenagers to be able to go through an underwater tunnel. American critic and writer, Zinsser, provides his readers with his own definition